to a hospice. His daughter, Ann McGovern, would not get into specifics. She just told the Associated Press, "He's coming to the end of his life". The 90 year-old has been having health problems for the last year or so.
Mr. McGovern is probably best remembered as the Democrat who lost to Richard Nixon in the 1972 presidential race. But he was much more than that. He had a long and successful political career, serving in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1957 to 1961, and in the U. S. Senate from 1963 through 1981. Mr. McGovern was a proud liberal, who fought for economic justice and fairness -- and supported peace in Vietnam before that became popular (which was probably what cost him the presidential election). During the last years of his remarkable life, he had dedicated himself to the fight against world hunger.
I supported Mr. McGovern in the 1972 election, and I have always been proud of that. He was a good man, and I still think he would have made a great president. Now, as he lives out his last days, I just want to say, "Goodbye George. Many of us will miss you dearly, and always treasure your fight to make this a better country."